Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew

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Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in 'Star Wars,' dies

He was 74 years old.

May 02, 2019 - 6:26 pm

BOYD, Texas (KMOX) — The actor known for his beloved portrayal of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars triology, Peter Mayhew, has died. He was 74.

The English actor died Tuesday, April 30, however, the family of Mayhew announced the news from his Twitter account @TheWookieeRoars Thursday afternoon.

Before his passing, Mayhew founded the Peter Mayhew Foundation, "supporting everything from individuals and camilies in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom," a statement said.

His is survived by his three children and wife, Angie, who will "take the helm as his voice" for the organization.

A private memorial service will be held June 29, with a public one taking place in December in Los Angeles.

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